10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-313-7800.
•All Together Now. Saturdays, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. All ages; 30 minutes.
•Eclectic Evenings. Second Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
•English Conversation Club. Mondays, 10 a.m., and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. Register before attending.
•Kindergarten Here We Come. Thu., Aug. 18, 7 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 19, 2:15 and 3:30 p.m.; and Sat., Aug. 20, 2:15 and 3:30 p.m. Stories and activities to help mark the first day. For children entering kindergarten. 45-60 minutes; registration required.
•Play Partners. Fridays, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Ages up to 23 months with adult; 20-30 minutes.
•Scrabble Smackdown. Aug. 30, 1 p.m.
•Teaching Artful Thinking. Aug. 25, 7 p.m. Learn strategies to promote and develop creativity in children, and how the arts can foster natural imagination in young children.
East Columbia Branch
6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 410-313-7700.
•All Together Now. Mondays, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. All ages; 30 minutes. Limited space; tickets are available at children's desk 30 minutes before class.
•Black Fiction. First Saturdays, 1 p.m.
•Box Lunch. Second Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m.
•Movin' Up to Middle School. Mon., Aug. 22, 7 p.m. Starting sixth grade? Meet new classmates and discuss the big move. Register online or at the branch.
•Teen Iron Chef: Ice Cream Battle. Thu., Aug. 18, 6 p.m.
6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. 410-313-5077.
•Elks Excellent Reads. Second Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m.
•Kindergarten Here We Come. Thu., Aug. 18, 7 p.m. Stories and activities to help mark the first day. For children entering kindergarten. 45-60 minutes; registration required.